Baby Shepherd: 3 Month Update

3-month-update

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Stats

Weight: 13.5lbs (I used my scale at home to figure this out by subtracting my weight from the weight of me holding him, so this may not be super accurate)

Eating

His eating has been pretty much the same. Every 3 hours during the day (starting around 7am). I've been exclusively nursing but now that my maternity leave is over, I'll be pumping again starting next week. 

Sleeping

He's such a good baby. He sleeps 7-10 hours every night, and then takes some solid, several hour long naps during the day. 

How I'm Doing

Returning to Work

I am feeling really sad about returning to work. My boss told me that every mom cries for the first week or so of being apart from their little one. This week, Matt was off work and home with the baby, so I didn't really have to be too far from him (I work from home), but next week is going to be really hard for me. Don't be offended if you invite me to something and I say no. Every moment that I'm not working, I'm gonna want to be holding my baby. Hopefully the adjustment will get easier, but know that I probably just need some space next week.

Working Out

I'm officially on a training plan for Boston 2018 (coached by my friend Neely Spence Gracey)! I've been running 4-5 miles MWF and then adding a mile to my long run each Saturday. This Saturday, I'm running 7 miles. All my runs have been around a 9:30-10 min pace, as I'm just building base mileage.

Honestly, I've had several really bad runs where I hate every second of it. I've had days where going for a run is the last thing I want to do (especially because I'm stuck on the treadmill or indoor track a lot of the time). My mantra has been "just get the miles." I know that I need to trust the process and that it'll get better and more enjoyable with time.

I've been doing bodyweight and resistance band leg workouts at home a few times a week, but I haven't been doing a good job of making time to go to the gym to do some heavy upper body lifts. Life's been really busy, but I'll get back to that eventually.

Next week starts real workouts for running, like hill sprints, tempo runs, and track workouts. 

Lessons I've Learned in Month 3

  • I think I was made to be a mom. Stuff that I thought would stress me out doesn't. Stuff that's gross and sticky doesn't bother me. These last 3 months have been the happiest, sweetest 3 months of my life. 
  • Check the weight/length suggestions on diapers & clothes. I think I kept him in size 1 diapers and 0-3mo clothes for too long. He's much more comfortable in size 2 and 3-6mo clothes these days.
  • Lighting a candle before you change a poopy diaper makes a world of a difference. 
  • Bring at least 2 sets of extra clothes if you plan to be out and about all day. Also bring several gallon-size ziplock bags. I like having one for diapers and one for soiled clothes. You'll be happy you did if your baby has a blowout.
  • On that note: if you're at a friend's house, don't throw a poopy diaper away in their trash. Just put it in your ziplock bag and throw it away somewhere that it's not stinking up someone's house.
  • Nursing your baby during takeoff/landing will make your flying experience so much better. And bring a paci just in case they finish eating too soon (more flying tips here).
  • Extended family dynamics with your child's grandparents, great grandparents, great aunts, etc. can be really complicated and stressful. Know that disagreements don't indicate a lack of love on either side. You'll get through it. Be confident in your own parenting and be generous with your patience/forgiveness as your family adjusts to you becoming a parent.
  • It's okay to say no to social stuff. People will understand that your little family comes first, and that you physically can't stay up past 10pm anymore. 
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